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    Gifts hidden in suffering – redeemed

    By Dave Henning / October 8, 2019

    “There are gifts hidden in suffering that can be redeemed only in the experience. . . .  Compassion, which literally means ‘suffering with,’ may feel like the most futile kind of suffering.  It changes nothing.  It hold no hope of changing anything.  Yet to be compassionate is to see with a God’s-eye view.”- Desmond Tutu, […]


      People who stop at the gate

      By Dave Henning / September 1, 2019

      “Let’s be people who stop at the gate.  Let’s look at the hurting until we hurt with them.  No hurrying past, turning away, or shifting of eyes.  No pretending or glossing over.  Let’s look at the face until we see the person.”- Max Lucado “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because […]


        Let God unshell you – discover your language

        By Dave Henning / August 25, 2019

        “Let God unshell you.  And when he does, ‘make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that’ (Galatians6:4, MSG).  Don’t miss the opportunity to discover your language.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 3 (“Let God Unshell You”) of Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado observes […]


          Our litmus test for worship

          By Dave Henning / April 8, 2019

          “What if  . . . our litmus test for worship was a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God?  What if we saw compassion as a form of worship?  Worship without words.  Worship beyond words?”- Mark Batterson “It’s more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor […]


            Faith, compassion – abstract or concrete?

            By Dave Henning / April 7, 2019

            “I think it’s easy to talk about things like faith and obedience and compassion in abstract terms.  The more abstract, the less convicting the truth is.  So let me get concrete.  Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear.  Obedience equals God -honoring decisions in the face of temptation.  And compassion equals Spirit-prompted generosity […]


              Compassion – always the right reaction

              By Dave Henning / April 5, 2019

              ” . . . just as you are responsible for your actions, no matter how right or wrong they are, you are also responsible for your reactions.  And compassion is always the right reaction.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 2 of Primal, he talks about the concept of sympathy breakthroughs.  Jonathan Glover, who […]


                It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

                By Dave Henning / April 1, 2019

                It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way (Thomas Nelson, 2018) Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, recently penned It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.  As Ms. TerKeurst begins, she calcualtes the formula for what we see as a normal life: hard time + healing time […]


                  Quick to judge the reliability of God

                  By Dave Henning / March 31, 2019

                  “We are so quick to judge the quality of our lives and the reliability of God based on individual events rather than the eventual good God is  working on putting together.  We must know that just like the master baker has reasons to allow the flour and eggs in right measure into his recipe, Jesus […]


                    Clothed with garments of understanding

                    By Dave Henning / March 11, 2019

                    “Who do you want standing near you in those moments dripping with disappointment and saturated with sorrow? . . .  It’s those clothed with garments of understanding.  They have personally experienced that his life between two gardens can sometimes make it excruciatingly painful to be human.”- Lysa TerKeurst “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and […]


                      Every single one of us – a masterpiece

                      By Dave Henning / October 3, 2018

                      “Every single one of us is a masterpiece.  And at the same time, you might say we all have parts in process.  So we can expect difficulties to arise in even the healthiest of relationships.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller As Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller continue Chapter 14 of Boundaries for Your Soul, they […]


                        Holistically focus with compassion

                        By Dave Henning / September 3, 2018

                        “When you focus with compassion on a troubling part of yourself, you are caring for that part holistically — addressing its unhelpful thoughts and the painful emotions it carries.  This process involves prayerfully inviting the Holy Spirit to draw close to this specific part of you.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller Alison Cook and Kimberly […]


                          Leading your soul’s unruly parts with curiosity, compassion

                          By Dave Henning / August 29, 2018

                          “The goal is not to eradicate parts of your soul carrying anger, fear, sadness, envy, or shame, but to lead them with curiosity and compassion.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller conclude Chapter 3 of Boundaries for Your Soul as they stress the powerful faculty of the creative mind.  When the […]

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